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Slug Nematodes 12million (Treats 40sq.m)
Slug Nematodes 12million (Treats 40sq.m)
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Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Aug. 2015
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Love it, slugs hate it so it works!


Medipaq® Non-Slip Gripper Roll - Over 11,600 cm2 - ULTIMATE Extra Thick 400 gsm Floor, Mat, Tray, Drawer Grip - 100's of Other Household and In-Car Uses! (Black)
Medipaq® Non-Slip Gripper Roll - Over 11,600 cm2 - ULTIMATE Extra Thick 400 gsm Floor, Mat, Tray, Drawer Grip - 100's of Other Household and In-Car Uses! (Black)
Offered by Medipaq® from Great Ideas™
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars but then there's wasted length when cutting it to size, 31 Aug. 2015
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Does the job intended in the floor of the boot of the car. Only problem is that it comes in one standard width (too narrow for my liking) so you have to buy several rolls to cover the whole of the floor of the boot, but then there's wasted length when cutting it to size.


Glass Cleaner / Window Cleaner / Industrial Glass Cleaner x 2
Glass Cleaner / Window Cleaner / Industrial Glass Cleaner x 2
Offered by Virtual Plastics
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad product, and it's one I stock up with ..., 31 Aug. 2015
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Not a bad product, and it's one I stock up with regularly. Main difficulty is finding the right type of cleaning cloth (including lint-free) so that no swipe marks remain. best solution so far is old newspaper, and the best news paper for that job is the Daily Mail.


Marius Fabre Savon de Marseille Herbier Liquid Soap 1Litre - Lavender (Refill Bottle)
Marius Fabre Savon de Marseille Herbier Liquid Soap 1Litre - Lavender (Refill Bottle)

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 31 Aug. 2015
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Great but pricey, still cheaper than travelling to Marseille to stock up.


CLEANER FOR FIREPLACE STOVE GLASS FIRE SCREEN OVEN 250ml high quality NEW
CLEANER FOR FIREPLACE STOVE GLASS FIRE SCREEN OVEN 250ml high quality NEW
Offered by The Tuning-Shop
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to apply (does not drip down the glass face ..., 31 Aug. 2015
Beats all other cleaners! Why? Easy to apply (does not drip down the glass face like sprays/liquid cleaners), small amounts do the job so tube lasts a long time, small amount of rubbing effort because cream is so effective no matter how burnt the glass becomes, no smear marks left after wiping any excess cream. Great value for money to sum it all up.


The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands
by Natasha Solomons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.94

4.0 out of 5 stars and whether you have enjoyed any of her previous novels, 20 April 2015
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This is Ms Solomons’ third novel, and whether you have enjoyed any of her previous novels, such as Mr Rosenblum’s List, or this is your first there is a great deal to enjoy in this romantic mystery.

Without giving too much away, the plot is full of narrative twists and turns. The book opens in the late 1950s with Juliet Montague’s 30th. birthday. Missing most in her life at this stage is her husband, George, and a refrigerator. She knows when it comes to a suitable birthday gift it’s going to be easier to get a refrigerator than finding her vanished husband.

The narrative spans some four decades of her life, and while the story is fictitious, inspired largely by Natasha Solomons’ fertile imagination, some of that inspiration also comes from reality. For example, Natasha’s husband’s grandmother, Rosie, was an aguna (an abandoned wife unable to obtain a divorce unless her husband decides to grant her one). Rosie was left penniless with two young children by her vanished husband. Determined to re-emerge from the shadows of a life as an aguna, she makes a life for her and her children – no mean feat for a single mother in the Gorbals.

There’s a wonderful blend of fact and fiction skilfully threaded throughout the book, starting with its title. But the magic in this story stems from Ms Solomons’ imagination rather than reality. Not least, she’s intrigued by the idea of the aguna from a woman’s perspective. Something very important has gone missing, and remains missing in her life that, according to certain Jewish tradition, locks her in to a non-existent marriage solely because he’s gone missing.

It’s her exploration of the value of what’s missing in life, rather than what’s present, that takes the story out of the period and its setting and makes it almost timeless and virtually universal.


Simon and the Bear : A Hanukkah Tale
Simon and the Bear : A Hanukkah Tale
by Matthew Trueman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £2.48

5.0 out of 5 stars and parents and grandparents and even great grandparents of all ages, 20 April 2015
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Aimed at those between the ages of 5 and 8 years, this book actually appeals to those between the ages of 5 and 80+ years. Put another way, this story has all the ingredients to appeal to children of a certain age, and parents and grandparents and even great grandparents of all ages.

It’s Hanukah time when Simon’s mother prepares for Simon’s long voyage by sea to America. Set in an age when America was both a refuge and the land of opportunities, Simon’s mother thoughtfully packs a little menorah, a box of candles and matches, a dreidl, and of course plenty of latkes for his great voyage.

During the voyage to America, and remember it’s around Hanukah time, Simon’s ship hits a giant iceberg and begins to sink. ‘Women & children first in the lifeboats’ is the rule, but Simon bravely gives up his place in the lifeboat to an old looking man desperate to reach his son in New York.
Simon fearlessly leaps from the ship on to the iceberg, hoping that somehow being Hanukkah time some miracle will occur. A polar bear soon appears. It’s the kind that becomes enchanted by the sight of the Menorah light, and is driven towards Simon by the sniff of latkes, which Simon has cleverly managed to rescue from the ship. In return for Simon’s hospitality with the food, the bear offers him the warmth and shelter of snuggling up in folds of its fur. It’s a miracle, but then it’s Hanukkah.

Without spoiling it for you by telling you the entire story, and how it all ends, here is a clue: It’s Hanukkah time, so expect seven more days of miracles as Kimmel captures the spirit of the story of Hanukkah, evocatively illustrated by Matthew Trueman.

This is the latest in a series of Hannukah stories by Kimmel that feature the one animal adored by children (and adults) the world over: the bear. In his earlier ‘Hanukkah Bear’, published last year, the story centres on a brown bear who sniffs out 97 year old Bubba Brayna’s latkes and manages to get past her front door by being mistaken as the local rabbi of the stetl. Part of the charm of the story of Hanukkah is you don’t know what’s likely to happen next, and Kimmel’s imaginative story telling keeps to that spirit of Hanukkah.

Both these books are so endearing, don’t be surprised if any young reader who is lucky enough to get the books as Hannukah gifts ends up reading the story aloud to their favourite cuddly toy at story-telling time.


Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place
Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place
by Jim Nollman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars those who do not garden are pretty confident about why they don’t, 20 April 2015
This seems to be both a silly and an impossible question to be asking, yet Jim Nollman comes up with some intriguing answers.
It’s a silly question because those who garden rarely ask themselves that question, and even if they do, they’ve little time to spare searching for the answers as they are too busy gardening. Equally, those who do not garden are pretty confident about why they don’t.
It’s an impossible question because no two gardens are the same, no two people are identical, and so this is a question that begs for as many answers as there are gardeners in the world.
In a book that can be fairly described as Zen and the art of Gardening (as opposed to motorcycle maintenance), Nollman offers some answers by taking the reader through each month of the year in the garden to highlight different aspects of gardening that reveal some of the answers to why we garden.
Chapter 1 starts, predictably, in January. The garden may appear dormant, but the mind of the gardener is not. With the rest of the year to look forward to, the gardener is actively thinking how will the year ahead go. Looking around the garden, from the smallest shrub to the largest tree, how will they grow, prosper, or languish, and how will their development impact on the every other item in the garden, and the garden as a whole. Gardening is about the future, and one of the reasons some of us garden is we want to play an active part in that future.
Yet, as Nollman argues in his Introduction, gardens “…exist right now.” Each season makes its own demands, and gardeners often feel that everything needs their urgent attention all at virtually the same time. So gardening challenges our ability to organise and prioritise. When we’re successful, that gives us the illusion of being in control, and at the centre of things. That illusion is all the stronger because we have won against the formidable opponent -- nature which is centre stage in control of life. At best, all we can ever manage is to keep nature at bay. When we do so, even temporarily, we can proudly call that place a garden.
Nollman emphasises the importance of the garden as a place when he says “Gardens are real places.” The garden is a place we can visit, or to work in, or retreat to, or just let our mind wander off to. Gardening is how we can transform our lifestyles from being overly consumptive to become productive; producing a place that is welcoming, and inviting; even enticing you to linger and to stay rather than rush away in search of distraction.
Closely associated with being a real place, gardens can offer us a ‘sense of place’ where we are in touch with nature (as opposed to fighting it off). Physically, we can connect with nature through any one and all of our five senses
Metaphysically, Nollman then goes on to explain, “A sense of place also provides an ethic” whereby we take responsibility and learn to show respect, and co-operation, not merely compliance with nature. In return, we earn an accommodation over and above our home, not simply for the body but maybe also for the spirit or the soul.
Since biblical times, gardens have been closely associated with paradise. So perhaps some of us garden because we are impatient. We want to recreate a bit of paradise here on earth, right now while we’re still alive.


The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List
The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List
by Mietek Pemper
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A story about life, not death, 10 April 2013
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The name Mietek Pemper probably means nothing to you. But the man should suddenly spring to life if you can recall Ben Kingsley's role in Spielberg's film Schindler's List, partly based on Pemper. This autobiography is centred on Pemper's formal role as Amon Göth's personal secretary at the P³aszów labour camp in Poland. But most illuminating are his three informal roles as: aide to Oscar Schindler, aide to his fellow inmates whose lives he helped save, and aide to justice being a key witness in the trial against Göth and several other SS officers after the war.

Pemper is a young, well-educated yet otherwise ordinary man when his comfortable world was destroyed by the German invasion of Poland in 1939. Forced eventually in to the P³aszów labour camp, the extraordinary times brought out some truly extraordinary feats of life-saving heroism in Pemper.

Why bother to read this book if you've seen the film, or indeed you haven't seen the film because you could not bear to do so? The answer lies less in Pemper's heroism and more in his many insights in to life. Here are just two. The first relates to just how thankless the task of rescuing lives can be, and the second relates to mortality.

Assisting Oscar Schindler in the subterfuge between helping Germany win the war, helping Schindler to the good life, helping save the lives of inmates was literally a `thankless' task. Pemper received no thanks from anyone. The reason owed less to ingratitude and much more to the need for anonymity. Pemper had to manage matters such that he left no trail that would lead back to him and his privileged position. He was an early proponent of working as a self-contained cell yet networking with others to bring relief and rescue from Göth's tyranny.

Reporting directly to the infamously sadistic camp commandant Göth, Pemper repeatedly writes about having to live moment-by-moment. He was convinced Göth would kill him, and that it could happen at any moment because Göth killed or ordered killing arbitrarily. Nor did Pemper take any comfort in his track-record of survival. Instead, he calculated that the probability of him dying was almost inevitable the longer he survived. He figured that the longer he stayed alive the more he amassed knowledge about Göth's activities; not just the atrocities but Göth violating the Gestapo's own camp rules. Pemper could therefore become a valuable witness should the war end disastrously for the likes of Göth. So Pemper figured this posed an increasing threat in Göth's mind, and a threat Göth could easily eliminate.

Pemper leaves the reader to reflect on any parallels between the mysterious mix of mortality being arbitrary yet inevitable as we face it in normal life, and mortality in the extraordinarily brutal setting of P³aszów. Mietek Pemper died peacefully in 2011, aged 91.


Mr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman
Mr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman
by Natasha Solomons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of a read, 8 April 2013
Natasha Solomons, who hails from immigrant stock, has emphasised that this is an untrue story. Despite being about the fictional aspirations and adventures of Jakob Rosenblum, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, many migrants who are determined to fit in to their host country will recognise some of the deeper and more disturbing threads in her narrative.

Her tale of Jakob's aspirations to become an Englishman, which are not shared by his wife Sadie, starts with Jakob and Sadie's arrival at Harwich. There, he is presented with a leaflet on behaving like a native in his adopted country; a pamphlet that probably echoed the advice contained in George Mikes' `How to be an Alien'.

Jakob assiduously follows this guidance. But when he's arrested as a possible wartime Class-B enemy alien, as so many were, he thinks he must be doing something wrong. Once he is released, he devises his own list of do's & don'ts.

Flushed with the success of the carpet business he has built up from scratch in England, he can afford the Jaguar XK120, the Savile Row suits, and buying marmalade at Fortnum & Mason - all aimed at giving him the superficial resemblance of an Englishman.

But the serious trouble starts when Jack, as he calls himself now and no longer the Jakob his wife fell in love with, delves below the surface of the quintessential Englishman to fulfil the last task on his 150-point plan, which is "An Englishman must be a member of a golf club". Barred, as so many have been, from joining an existing golf club Jack decides to build his own golf course. This eventually brings him to Dorset to realise his dream of being an Englishman by virtue of being a member of an English golf club; albeit one he owns and has created.

It's very difficult to say much more without disclosing the twists and turns, the moments of triumph that turn in to defeat, and the triumphs that emerge from defeat that make this a roller coaster of a read. But what makes it an emotional roller coaster, not just a literary one, are the characters, which Solomons brings to life in this tragic-comedy of errors.

There are friends and foes, bitter rivalry and unexpected alliances, white knights and turncoats, the faithful, and the faithless. Beyond the characters, there is raw emotion: pathos and joy, exuberance and exhaustion, soaring hope, deepening despair, towering strength that comes from a steely resilience, and the cowering that comes from being humiliated.

Natasha's first novel, already translated in to nine languages, holds all the promise of a long and successful career ahead for this Dorset-based writer. At the same time, she has set herself an awesome task as this book is going to be a difficult act to follow.


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